Updated 14 May 2022: Some of the people I mentioned in 2015 are still blogging, but no longer about Oracle topics. They’re still awesome, just not in the tech space you are expecting from me. Others have stopped blogging but are still awesome people and available on Twitter and other communities.
There’s tons of great info out there. Sometimes you just need help finding it.
Here are some bloggers you should subscribe to. Not everyone can publish daily or even weekly, but these folks, when they DO publish, put out good, solid stuff.
The only criteria I have for this list is that: 1) you don’t work for Oracle, 2) you blog about ‘Oracle stuff’, 3) I have personally read your blog.
In no particular order –
I don’t play favorites, if they made this list, they’re worth a few seconds of your time to see if they scratch your knowledge itch!
- Fernando Simon – trivia: helped build the Oracle user community in Luxembourg. Suggested post: 21c, Zero-Downtime Oracle Grid Infrastructure Patching – Silent Mode
- Jasmin Fluri – trivia: great follow for DevOps + Oracle. Suggested post: Five DevOps AntiPattern and How to Avoid Them
- Oren Nakdimon – trivia: helped put the Israeli Oracle User Group on the map . Suggested post: FORALL – INDICES OF vs. Lower and Upper Bounds
- Liron Amitzi – trivia: he’s been like everywhere but calls Vancouver home now. Suggested post: Database for Developers: Connection Pools
- Neil Chandler – trivia: put the OK in UKOUG and loves to bust my chops. Suggested post: Turning rows into columns
- Kamil Stawiarski – trivia: is in love with his axe and puts on the best conference in the world, in Poland. Suggested post: GOLANG AS ORACLE EXTERNAL PROCEDURE
- Heli Helskyaho – trivia: she’s from Finland. Suggested post: How to Define a Primary Key using Data Modeler
- Erik van Roon – trivia: your SQLcl expert. Suggested post: Being in command (Custom commands in SQLcl)
- Rob Lockard – trivia: flies his own restored plane to work, which happens to be where I did a college internship. Suggested post: #Oracle #Audit #Vault #Sensitive #Data
- Martin Widlake – trivia: a giant in the Oracle developers named Martin community. Suggested post: Are good people in IT just lucky starters?
- Cary Milsap – trivia: good at performance AND life stuff. Suggested Post: Words I don’t use: WAIT.
- Martin Berx – trivia: used to work for Oracle Support, he’s a survivor! Suggested post: SQL Trace, Stitching together workloads from multiple trace files
- Jorge Rimblas – trivia: definitely knows how to pronounce APEX. Suggested post: Am I running from inside a DBMS_SCHEDULER Job?
- Richard Foote – trivia: looks nothing like David Bowie. Suggested post: Automatically rebuilding unusable indexes (Autonomous Oracle Database)
- Tanel Poder – trivia: someone you may not know but absolutely should. Suggested post: Don’t use a > in your command prompt
- Kim Berg Hansen – trivia: Danish, wrote an amazing book – Practical Oracle SQL. Suggested Post: Golf and SQL, a fun example
- Jonathan Lewis – trivia: the hardest working retired professional, and loves a good tuning puzzle. Suggested Post: Adaptive Joins
Some Parting Advice for Bloggers
Where to blog? Blogger sites are OK, and Google does a good job of servicing them, mostly. But Google has basically killed the platform. No new updates, and not much flexibility in look and feel. WordPress is super popular, but awfully complicated, especially for people wanting to get started.
Check out Medium, LinkedIn, or Hashnode.Dev – it’s super easy to use, completely free.
Add a popular posts widget to your sidebar. You want to keep people on your site after they read that first post they found via Google. Give them some suggestions!
However. DO NOT GO CRAZY with plugins or widgets.
1 – they will slow down your site, or cost you on hosting CPU dollars.
2 – they add distractions to your site.
Make sure a link to your blog is on your Twitter profile and LinkedIn pages.
Use bigger fonts. Don’t make it hard to read your stuff.
Don’t make me squint or bump up my browser Zoom level to make our what you’re saying. Also, break up your words with pictures! Most people don’t actually read your posts, they PAN and SCAN for the good bits!
Write for yourself, write often.
If you write for yourself, you’ll never perceive your time spent as wasted. Also if you like your content, there’s a good chance your audience will too!
Finally, you need to write FREQUENTLY. Like, every week if you can. Practice makes perfect. You need to make it a habit. You’ll also train your readers to come back. And maybe the ultimate bonus: you’re creating your personal brand! Want a new job? Your blog will get you job offers!